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Ard Hill

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COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our COVID-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.
  • Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

About

Panoramic views over picturesque Loch Alsh

A perfect place to stop and stretch your legs on the way to Skye. Drink in the fresh sea air and sweeping coastal views as you follow the gentle low-level trail around Ard Hill. Keep a look out for otters, seals and pods of dolphins in the tranquil waters of Loch Alsh below and buzzards and eagles flying above.

Guide map to the Forests of Lochalsh (PDF 3.1MB)

Walking trails (1)

Walking

Ard Hill Circular

This trail loops through the trees to skirt the coast overlooking Loch Alsh. Look out for otters, seals and pods of porpoise in the tranquil waters below and eagles and buzzards overhead.

Mostly firm, uneven gravel surface. Short earth and grass section may be muddy. Includes some steep slopes.

Moderate trail grade icon
1 ¼ miles / 2.0 km

Allow
¾ hour

More information

Follow the way-marked route from the car park. Keep a look out for otters, seals and pods of dolphins in the tranquil waters below and eagles and buzzards overhead.

Facilities and access

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Viewpoint
Viewpoint

There is a hotel and café in Balmacara, a few hundred metres from the entrance to the woods. Otherwise, head to nearby Kyle of Lochalsh for public toilets, shops and places to eat and drink.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

More about parking

Getting here

The turn-off for Ard Hill is on the south side of the A87 between the villages of Balmacara and Kirkton.

Using SatNav?

IV40 8DH is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Buses between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh/Skye stop at Balmacara Hotel, a 10 minute walk from the forest entrance. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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Nearby forests

Forested hillside overlooking sea loch

Walk beneath the trees beside Loch Alsh 

Facilities and activities
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Walking
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Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Distance from 'Ard Hill': 0.70 miles
Forest with sea beyond in sunlight at Kyleakin

Wander woodland trails for sweeping views across Skye

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Distance from 'Ard Hill': 2.85 miles
Otter on rocks at Kylerhea

The perfect place for a bit of otter-spotting

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
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Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Distance from 'Ard Hill': 3.95 miles

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0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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